Bill Nelson Finally Concedes, Rick Scott to Become Next Florida Senator
Florida Senator Bill Nelson has called Governor Rick Scott and conceded the Senate race, after the latest recount showed Scott leading the Democrat by over 10,000 votes.
Initial Election Day results had Republican Scott leading Nelson by 56,000 votes, then shrinking to just 12,603 votes after the state-wide machine recount.
Scott said Sunday, “I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service.”
Scott called on the nation to “come together for the good” of Florida and the country and said his focus will be to make Washington work.
“I know change is never popular in Washington and that I’m just one person-but we have to start somewhere,” he said.
Sen. Bill Nelson called Gov. Rick Scott to concede in the Florida Senate race, per Scott: pic.twitter.com/JKUrUGTRdR
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) November 18, 2018
With the state’s website reflecting ‘official results,’ Gov. Rick Scott was the winner of Florida’s U.S. Senate race, with a 10,033 lead over U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Nicole “Nikki” Fried led state Rep. Matt Caldwell by 6,753 votes in the race for agriculture commissioner.
Both races required manual recounts due to razor-thin margins. Scott beat Nelson by 0.12 percent. Fried beat Caldwell by 0.08 percent.